historium: The Hobbit (full name The Fabulous Journey of Mr….

historium:

The Hobbit (full name The Fabulous Journey of Mr. Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit, Across the Wild Land, Through the Dark Forest, Beyond the Misty Mountains. There and Back Again, Russian: Сказочное путешествие мистера Бильбо Беггинса, Хоббита, через дикий край, чёрный лес, за туманные горы. Туда и обратно, Skazochnoye puteshestviye mistera Bilbo Begginsa, Hobbita, cherez diky kray, chorny les, za tumannyye gory. Tuda i obratno) was a 1985 Soviet film adaption of J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 book The Hobbit by Vladimir Latyshev.

The children’s film featured Zinovy Gerdt as “the professor” (a narrator stand-in for Tolkien), Mikhail Danilov as Bilbo Baggins, Anatoly Ravikovich as Thorin Oakenshield and Igor Dmitriev as Gollum. Smaug and the Mirkwood spiders were portrayed by puppets. Missing in this version are the trolls, Elrond, Beorn and the wood-elves. The goblins are human-like with little makeup, and were portrayed by dancers from the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, as are the inhabitants of Lake Town.

The film was shot in 1984 as a teleplay and produced in the framework of the children’s TV series Tale after Tale (Russian: Сказка за сказкой) aired at the Leningrad TV Channel in the 1980s and the 1990s. It has also appeared on DVD, although both the TV and the DVD version contain some material that the other one hasn’t. No subtitles were included, but fan made subtitles have since appeared.